George Stimmel (1880-1964)
New York: Mid 20th Century
Watercolor, white chalk and pencil on illustration board
Signed lower right
13 x 8 7/8 inches, image
19 7/8 x 15 inches, overall
Sunlit street scene with an arched brick underpass in the foreground (possibly from the vantage of Lexington Avenue in the 30s looking North) and the iconic Art Deco spire of the Chrysler Building in the background. It is from a series of paintings of New York City scenes by George Stimmel.
George Stimmel was a painter, lithographer, etcher, illustrator and designer. Born in New Jersey, he studied at the Pratt Institute of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Stimmel worked as a set designer at the Metropolitan Opera and was a member of the Scenic Artists Union. He also exhibited his work at the Salmagundi Club and Salons of America. His artwork typically depicted landscapes and scenes of daily life. He made a large series of etchings of New York City landscapes and cityscapes often featuring bridges.
Condition: Each generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling. Margins with some light toning, and minor tape or glue residue from former matting, easily rematted out.
Falk, Peter Hastings, ed. Who Was Who in American Art. Madison, Connecticut: Sound View Press, 1985. p. 598.